"Bought it to check out the mechanism that allows him to throw punches. I was not disappointed by the smart engineering that went into said mechanism, as always LEGO engineers showing their worth and smarts. The head looks great too.
However, for me, that is where the good things end about this set. He is remarkably unstable and very hard to keep on its feet, the legs are not as flexible as from other sets, specially at hip level, coming off very easily when trying to pose the figure.
Even though he is more than capable of throwing punches around, we have to be very careful about how we pose the arms, otherwise they will be mostly hitting himself rather than a target.
I bought this together with many other sets to keep me busy until Christmas, but from the 2/5 sets I built so far I got nothing but disappointment. I'm looking at you Kannan's Speeder! I hope the TIE Advanced Prototype, TIE Striker and Slave I prove to be worthy builds."
"The build is very simple, the speeder, even though it does look good its so out of proportion for the figures that I don't think its going to stay assembled for long.
The crates however, they do look good and are actually very roomy - that's not to say they have no room for improvements, they do, specially at lid level which should be a good exercise to correct the model.
But the real reason I bought this set was because it seemed to be a "cheap" way of getting more blasters to replace the ugly stud shooters I have lying around..
The picture on this set suggests that it brings 7 blaster rifles, one light-saber plus one blaster pistol so I was very disappointed to learn from the instruction booklet that it should bring 5 rifles! Maybe the 2 extra on the picture are supposed to be extra guns that come with the set and are not counted on the inventory? I don't known... all I know is that in the end I only got 1 rifle that was on bag 1 with the stormtrooper.
I'm guessing the missing 4/6 were supposed to be on the small bag inside bag 2? Good news is that LEGO shouldn't have any trouble sorting this out. I hope. There are rebels to fight!"
"Its a great little adition to a collection, specially if you are like me and you enjoy changing the position of your figures every time you pass by them - something I didn't know I loved doing until I got Grievous.
This set showed me how massive Grievous actually is, but the trooper itself is quite nice as well. Very flexible, lots of possible positions and a working gun gives it a lot of play value or just to pose.
Having these sets just makes me sad that they didn't exist when I was a teenager to replace the Gi Joe and Action Man :)
Now for a little wishlist: Dear LEGO, if you are listening can we pretty please have a Destroyer Droid too? Its my favorite droid and I am sure it would look amazing. And since I have your attention, Iron Man and Hulk Buster would also make amazing figures like these :D"
"This set was a gift from my brothers from last Christmas, it seems they went through a lot of trouble to find one since it was out of stock everywhere but managed to find the last box somewhere.
Even though I only assembled this bad boy quite recently, it is responsible for my recent, insane shopping spree here at LEGO.com.
To the model! Just to get it out of the way, it is of course a quite repetitive model, but that was expected. However, it was completely unexpected how great it actually looks when assembled!
I would like to take my hat for the designer of this model, specially for the one responsible for the super simple and elegant system that makes all the turrets turn. Very well done!
All in all the model is really great and is really really sturdy! Except one little part where I had to make a few minor adjustments - the cover with all the turrets slides a bit on top of the structure, I just needed 4 little studs to fix it.
Now I think I have to try and build a bigger version myself, because I love this ship."
"The good: - Very smart use of technic pieces to act as hold and release system for the mini Tie Fighters - The mini Tie Fighters look alright, though I would have prefererd a more round design around the cockpit - The engine makes the gusn rotate
The bad: - The cockpit: there is a place for a figurine in the cockpit however we can't see it inside because there is an arc piece behind the visor, making the whole thing a bit useless in my book; - The cargo hold is under the floor and a bit hard to get the boxes out; - The whole cover over the main body of the ship doesn't seem to attach itself very well, I have tried many positions but it always moves around."
"Straight to the point: this set is probably not worth the asking price. You get a very sturdy Tie Fighter look a like, but it lacks lots of detail in and around the cockpit.
The inner cockpit is cut accross by a grey technic beam that goes from wing to wing, on each side of this beam there is a place for each pilot. It is however very hard to place each pilot on their places and keep them there since they have no actual seats to get attached to.
Outside, the windows are the dominant view. 3 large circular Windows cover the most part of the surface however there are still some ugly corners left out...
The best part about this design is actually the wing attachment system, it was unexpected how sturdy the four little handles can be.I have shoock that ship a lot and the wings never even nudged.
Overall: Looks good at a distance, the cockipit can be largely improved."
"I have to start with a remark considering LEGO packaging and instructions: if you are going to have multiple LEGO bags in one box it would be nice if we weren't forced to open them all before we even reach the end of the first page of instructions.
This set features 4 plastic bags: 1 for the single piece that is his face (yes, really), 1 small for mostly the connector pieces, 2 large for the remaining pieces - except his main body part that comes outside any plastic bag.
By step 3 of the instructions all bags but the head had to be open and emptied to find the pieces we need. So my suggestion: either split the pieces through the bags so that we open each one as we end a part of the figure or just put everything in one bag and save up on some plastic. I am scared to start my Imperial Star Destroyer.
Now, for the review I will keep this short and to the point. Overall a beautiful figure of one of my favourite character from the saga.
Pros: - No stickers, all (the few: face and torso are printed) - HUGE figure with lots of articulations: head, 4 arms and 2 legs. - Love the claws
Cons: -It does have lots of articulations, but they could be very well improved as most reviewers here already pointed out. The legs are clumsy and very hard to make a pose that does not throw it out of balance - specially at hip level.
-The arms are way to simple and thin and the hands could be replaced by something like the ones in the Iron Man Hulk Buster figure.
-The two grey parts that attach the arms to each other look out of place."